July 10, 2019
Rolex’s Datejust is the archetype of the classic watch thanks to functions and aesthetics that never go out of fashion. Launched in 1945, it was the first self-winding waterproof chronometer wristwatch to display the date in a window at 3 o’clock on the dial, and consolidated all the major innovations that Rolex had contributed to the modern wristwatch until then. The Datejust has spanned eras while retaining the enduring aesthetic codes that make it so instantly recognisable.
At Baselworld 2019, Rolex debuted two new variants of the Oyster Perpetual Datejust 31 – one in a yellow Rolesor version (combining Oystersteel and 18 ct yellow gold), and the other in an Everose Rolesor version (combining Oystersteel and 18 ct Everose gold). The first watch pairs an olive green, sunray-finish dial with 18 ct yellow gold hands and Roman numerals – the VI set with 11 diamonds – while the second features a rosé-colour, sunray-finish dial with hands and Roman numerals in 18 ct pink gold. The light reflections on the case sides and lugs highlight the elegant profile of the 31 mm Oyster case, which is fitted with a fluted bezel. Both combinations are equipped with calibre 2236, at the forefront of watchmaking technology, first introduced on the Oyster Perpetual Datejust 31 model in 2018. Like all Rolex watches, the new Datejust 31 versions carry the Superlative Chronometer certification, which ensures excellent performance on the wrist.
Jubilee and Oyster bracelets
The new yellow Rolesor version of the Datejust 31 is fitted with a Jubilee bracelet, while the Everose Rolesor version is equipped with an Oyster bracelet. Supple and comfortable, the five-piece link Jubilee bracelet was specially created for the launch of the Oyster Perpetual Datejust in 1945. The Oyster bracelet, introduced in the late 1930s, is a particularly robust metal bracelet with three-piece links. The Jubilee bracelet on the yellow Rolesor version is equipped with an elegant concealed folding Crownclasp. The Oyster bracelet on the Everose Rolesor version is fitted with a folding Oysterclasp and features the Easylink rapid extension system, developed by Rolex, that allows the wearer to easily adjust the bracelet length by approximately 5 mm. A concealed attachment system ensures seamless visual continuity between the bracelet and case.